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Travel Advisories for Monterey County

Last updated 9:53 a.m., September 18, 2020

Monterey County Wildfire Updates

Monterey County currently has one wildfire in unincorporated Monterey County. The Dolan Fire is taking place south of Nepenthe and approximately one mile north of Limekiln State Park and is at 45% containment. Monterey County CVB is continuing to monitor the situation and will update this page regularly.  

*Residents of the Tri-County area, click below for a list of lodging options for evacuees and emergency personnel.

Closures Include:

  • Big Sur and Carmel Park State Park Closures including: 
    • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
    • John Little State Natural Reserve
    • Limekiln State Park
    • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
    • Point Sur State Historic Park
  • Toro Park, Salinas
  • Garland Ranch Regional Park trails including Vasquez, Saddle and Kahn Ranch, Carmel Valley
  • Esalen Institute, Big Sur
  • Los Padres National Forest is closed to public entry 

Road Closures Include:

  • Highway 1 is closed from Gorda to 6.2 miles North of Slates Hot Springs near Esalen Institute in Big Sur

For the most up-to-date information on these fires including evacuation orders, advisories and evacuation centers, please see visit the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services 2020 Wildfires page.

Air Quality:

Air quality continues to vary in Monterey County. Visit here for the latest updates.

Our thoughts are with those affected by these wildfires and those fighting to contain them. If you are interested in donating or volunteering to assist those who have had to evacuate, visit


Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s primary concern is to ensure that travelers and residents are informed with the latest updates to our area as we continue to closely monitor COVID-19 pandemic. We are working diligently with our local health care community, county officials, and state and industry partners for continued up-to-date information.

As Monterey County begins to reopen for travelers safely and responsibly, we advise visitors to check individual business websites for details on modified operations, safety and health protocols and booking reservations. Many area businesses continue to extended special considerations and suspensions beyond their normal cancellation policies. For additional COVID-19 Travel Updates, visit our dedicated page here

Travel Responsibly

Help us keep Monterey County open for all to enjoy. We ask that all travelers visit responsibly and follow safety precautions, as outlined by health care officials including: 

  • Wear a Mask: face coverings are required indoors and outdoors. Fines are in effect. Follow CDC guidelines
  • Follow the 6-foot rule: stay at least 6 feet apart at all times. This includes time spent on trails, at parks and other outdoors spaces.
  • Stay home: if you show signs of illness, stay home. Self-quarantine for at least two weeks if you have been in a high-risk area.
  • Leave no trace behind: Properly dispose of all trash and plastics, including face coverings. Help us keep Monterey County beautiful for generations to come.

Wondering what to expect while visiting Monterey County? Look for the “Know Before You Go” messages found throughout our website for updates.